(Pictured L to R): Akeyla Madison, Rev. Dr. C.H. Charlton, Addison Adams, Tatyana Pippins, Erin Roper, Jasmine Bryant, Samuel Chepkouga and Rev. Lester D. Lattany-Vice-Moderator from New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Johnson City
ELIZABETHTON, TN – The scholarship committee of the Bethel District Baptist Missionary & Education Association chaired by Mrs. Betty A. McFarland announced its 2014 J. Bratton Gaines Scholarship recipients.
Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
Tatyana Pippins of Morristown, TN; Morristown-East HS (Tennessee State University)
Erin Roper of Morristown, TN; Morristown-East HS (Walters State Community College)
Friendship Baptist Church
Akeyla Madison of Johnson City, TN; Science Hill HS (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga)
Martha Davis Baptist Church
Jasmine Bryant of Jefferson City, TN; Jefferson County HS (Belmont University)
Philippi Missionary Baptist Church
Samuel Chepkouga of Elizabethton, TN (Emmanuel Christian Seminary)
Thankful Baptist Church
Addison Adams of Johnson City, TN; Science Hill HS (Tennessee Wesleyan College)
The J. Bratton Gaines Scholarship is valued at $1,000 and will be distributed over two semesters.
The students attended a special reception held in their honor during the Bethel District’s one-hundred and nineteenth annual session held at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Morristown, TN where they received their certificates and scholarship distribution information.
After the presentation, the Association was provided an inspirational message to take advantage of their education by Learning, Earning and Returning to their communities to inspire the next generation by Rev. Dr. C.H. Charlton-Moderator from Friendship Baptist Church in Johnson City, TN. The ceremony concluded with a candlelight vigil convincing the students to be reminiscent and to continue to grow in faith and knowledge.
The eighteen Churches of The Bethel District Association minister in a geographical setting in Northeast Tennessee, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hawkins, Jefferson, Sullivan and Washington counties and share many common conditions, challenges, and ministry opportunities.